Arkansas files charges in CDL fraud at testing center

| Wednesday, October 10, 2001

Travis Stover; Linda Whitfield and Carl Banks, all of Pine Bluff, AR, surrendered to the Arkansas State Police (ASP) Oct. 3 after charges were filed against them in connection with an investigation of the drivers testing office in Pine Bluff.

The ASP Criminal Investigation Division investigation, which ran from late 2000 through early 2001, revealed 43 CDLs and five regular driver's licenses allegedly were issued fraudulently.

Stover, Whitfield and Banks are charged with 48 counts of forgery, a Class C felony, and 48 counts of public servant bribery, a Class D felony. They face three to 10 years in prison and/or a fine up to $10,000 for each Class C felony count and up to six years in prison and/or a fine up to $10,000 for each Class D felony count. Stover and Whitfield were state employees who administered driving tests, and Banks was an independent CDL training assistant.

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